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Defense in Depth

Jul 18, 2019

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Whether a jilted lover or someone trying to wield their power over another, cyber harassment takes many forms and it doesn't stay in the digital world. It comes into our real world and gets very dangerous. What is it and how can it be thwarted?

Check out this post and discussion for the basis of our conversation on this week’s episode co-hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), the creator of CISO Series and Allan Alford (@AllanAlfordinTX). Our guest for this episode is Parry Aftab (@parryaftab), founder of StopCyberbullying Global.

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On this episode of Defense in Depth, you'll learn:

  • You can be public or anonymous in your effort to stop cyber harassment.
  • If you are public about your efforts, you are putting yourself out there to be a target for harassment yourself. Our guest has received death threats and also been SWATted.
  • Cyber harassment can be devastating to the one who is being attacked. The fear of it can stay with you for years even after it's been "resolved."
  • Traditional response to cyber harassment is to stop, block, and tell.
  • Ignoring is one technique, but it doesn't always work if they're trying to blackmail you.
  • Cyber harassers can often just be bored. They're looking for something to do and sending death threats can be "fun."
  • Cyber harassers are looking for attention. It could be a situation of an employee feeling they weren't given the promotion they wanted or a jilted lover who's looking for revenge.
  • One best technique for prevention is early detection. Do regular Google searches of your name and all your online handles to see if someone is starting to mess with your online reputation.